International Surfing Association

The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines surfing as shortboard, longboard and bodyboarding, stand-up paddle (SUP) racing and surfing, para surfing, bodysurfing, wakesurfing and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Body-board Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012, and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015. ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 109 countries on five continents. The ISA is currently presided over by Fernando Aguerre.

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Most individual gold medals at the ISA Para Surfing World Championship (male)

The most individual gold medals won at the ISA Para Surfing World Championships (male) is six, achieved by Bruno Hansen (Denmark), between 2015 and 2021. Hansen, who was left paralysed after a car-jacking in his mid-20s, has been surfing since he was seven years old.